Some companies out there offer free VPN services. Some of these services are trustworthy, but some free services out there should make you wary. Be aware that there are many different VPN providers out there right now and, if you haven’t heard of a company, you may want to investigate them before you use their network.
Like anything else, VPN is something where you do get what you pay for. Free VPN services may be adequate for occasional users, but they will usually have bandwidth limitations that make them unsuitable for those who need to use their VPN connections a lot. Some business users may need theirs on all the time for the extra security that a VPN provides, and those users will generally not be able to get away with a free service.
A paid service will usually have either a bandwidth cap or unlimited bandwidth, both of which are options and will affect the cost of your account.
Paid VPN services also have a contract that they operate under that is generally more reliable than that of a free service. On a free service, you may find your bandwidth suddenly reduced and, since you’re not paying for it, there isn’t a lot you can do about it.
There are definitely some good, safe and reliable free VPN services out there. There are some warning signs that you should watch for that may indicate that a free VPN service is not what it seems.
If the VPN service requires you to download software, be sure your virus check it before you install it. If it’s not coming from a reliable source, it could be infected with literally anything and you’ll have to make sure you’re being sensible about what you install on your computer.
Check Your IP
If you’re planning to try a free VPN, do the following. Go to Google and type in “my IP” in the search field. You’ll get your IP address. Then, turn on the software and repeat the test. The IP should have changed. If it didn’t, the VPN isn’t working. Then, with the VPN on, go to DNSLeakTest.com. See if any of your DNS servers belong to your ISP. If they do, you’re leaking DNS requests and you’re not completely private. If it comes back with DNS servers from somewhere other than your ISP, you’re probably protected.